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Gateway High School was confirmed this week as the venue for the Monroeville, Pennsylvania Regional Championship on September 22, 2012. 

Chino Hills High School was confirmed this week as the venue for the Chino Hills, California Regional Championship on October 27, 2012.*

 

(*MFA is continuing to pursue other high profile stadiums in the area. For more information, contact Travis Tester, Manager of Participant Relations, 800.848.2263.)

To view the 2012 full fall schedule, click here.

Check back often for additional 2012 fall schedule updates and information.

Jacksonville State University Confirmed

Friday, 20 January 2012 11:43 Written by Ricci Emmons

 

Jacksonville State University was confirmed this week as the venue for the Jacksonville, Alabama Regional Championship on October 13, 2012. 

To view the 2012 full fall schedule, click here.

Check back often for additional 2012 fall schedule updates and information.

SupportMusic Coalition Webcast

Thursday, 19 January 2012 12:34 Written by Kristin Conrad


Join Music for All's own President and CEO Eric Martin tomorrow, Friday, January 20, 2012 for SupportMusic Coalition's Webcast and Teleconference! Here are the details:

SupportMusic student with trumpetSupportMusic Coalition Webcast and Teleconference 'Live' from The NAMM Show, Anaheim Hilton, Level 2, California Pavilion 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012
2 PM Pacific Standard Time
3 PM Mountain Standard Time
4 PM Central Standard Time
5 PM Eastern Standard Time

Please call in five minutes prior to start time as the webcast will begin promptly at 2:00 PM. This will be a listen in call only! Therefore, all calls will be automatically muted. You will be acknowledged in the minutes of the call if you send an e-mail regarding your participation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To Access Webcast: http://www.nammfoundation.org/supportmusic-coalition-webcast-ns12

Call-In Instructions:
1. United States: 1 866 740 1260 code: 2000600#
2. All International Callers dial +1 303 248 0285 code: 2000600#
Click here for international time and date 

AGENDA

2:00 PM: Welcome & Introduction - Mary Luehrsen, Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations, NAMM, Executive Director, NAMM Foundation 

Launch of Best Communities for Music EducationEric Martin, President and CEO, Music for All, Inc.

SupportMusic Coalition Updates

-  Welcome New Affiliates

-  Announcements

2:10 PM: Panel Discussion Theme: "I Feel Good: Celebrities Advocate for Music Education," featuring guest speakers:

Deanna Brown Thomas, The Brown Family Children Foundation President: www.jamesbrownfamilyfdn.org/site

Bernie Williams, Author, Musician, Former Major League Baseball Outfielder: www.bernie51.com

Bootsy Collins, American Funk Bassist, Singer, and Songwriter: www.bootsycollins.com

Phil Collen, Co-lead Guitarist & Backing Vocalist for English Rock Band Def Leppard: www.philcollenpc1.com/

2:40 PM: SBO Award Presentation: The Don Johnson Music Industry Service Award -  Presented to Keith Mardak, Chairman and CEO, Hal Leonard by Sidney Davis, Group Publisher, Symphony Publishing

2:45 PM: ISME Award Presentation: The ISME Global Sonar Award - Presented to NAMM and Joe Lamond by Graham Welch, President, International Society for Music Education and Stanley Jordan, Guitarist, Composer and Clinician 

2:59 PM: Closing Remarks

3:00 PM: Teleconference/Webcast ends

3:01-4 PM: Reception

Join the SupportMusic Coalition!

The SupportMusic Coalition is building a proactive and unified approach to federal, state and local level advocacy for music education as a core academic subject in schools. The coalition is united in its support of a complete education that includes music and arts instruction for all children. Read the Executive Summary for more information, or to join the coalition now fill out the response form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hear NAMM members and industry leaders Rick Young and Steve West share why they participate - and why you should too!

Kettering Fairmont High School Confirmed

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 17:36 Written by Kristin Conrad

Kettering Fairmont High School was confirmed this week as the venue for the Kettering, Ohio Regional Championship on September 29, 2012. 

To view the 2012 full fall schedule, click here.

Check back often for additional 2012 fall schedule updates and information.

Marching Band Division at the Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University June 25-30

Brought to you by Center X Productions and staffed by Dynamic Marching

Although 2012 has just begun, before we know it, it will be March and band directors all over the country will be starting to think ahead to the marching band season. Despite being in the middle of the busiest time of year for concert band festivals and competitions, by March most directors are taking care of important long-range planning such as hiring staff members, choosing music arrangers and/or composers, and choosing drill writers. In addition, this is a very important time of year for choosing drum majors and potential sections leaders for the upcoming summer and fall season. Soon after drum majors are chosen, band directors typically sign up these students for camps, such as the very successful drum major academies put on by the late, great George Parks. At a well-run drum major camp, students learn important lessons in conducting, musicianship, and leadership. Hopefully, after returning from camp these highly-motivated drum majors are able to put their lessons to work to help the band directors and staff members to achieve a successful season.

What about the section leaders? Band directors should take the same steps toward nurturing and training these students as they do with their drum majors!

Where can you send your marching band section leaders to learn music ensemble fundamentals from the director of the 2005, 2009 and 2010 Grand National Champion marching band?

Where can you send your marching band section leaders to learn marching fundamentals from the author and producer of the critically-acclaimed Dynamic Marching DVD series?

Where can you send your marching band section leaders to learn section-specific fundamentals with individualized instruction from current teachers at literally the top band programs in the country? (Our staff comes from Avon High School (IN), Carmel High School (IN), Center Grove High School (IN), Pomona High School (CO), Murietta Valley High School (CA), and McEachern High School (GA)!)

How can you guarantee that in one week your section leaders will learn the most current and educationally-sound fundamentals and bring back these concepts to YOUR program?

Jeff Young ssyThe Music for All Summer Symposium Marching Band is exactly the kind of place. Band directors will see immediate and measurable gains when these students return home. 

In addition, these students get to perform with the Carolina Crown Dum and Bugle Corps in front of a packed stadium full of cheering DCI fans. 

As a director attending camp, YOU can be in the rehearsal rooms and on the football field where these nationally-renowned teachers and instructors teach your kids! Even if you don't bring your kids, the experience for band directors is unbelievable.

By Jeff Young, MFA Summer Symposium Marching Band Division Coordinator

 

Maggie Vetter receives Jolesch Scholarship

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 16:05 Written by Kristin Conrad

 

Maggie VetterMaggie Vetter of Kings High School in Kings Mills, Ohio received a $2,000 scholarship from Jolesch Photography.

“Maggie is driven toward excellence, and she loves to practice,” her band director Greg Mills says. “She possesses an engaging, upbeat personality and views obstacles as opportunities to improve.”

Observations of her father, who is a music teacher, and Mr. Mills helped Vetter to form her future teaching philosophies as well as define her passion for being an educator.

“I will be patient with my students as they begin to learn,” Vetter says. “I will also be flexible and love the art of music making, all while keeping the passion of teaching music so students can see, feel and embrace it too, and, of course, I will encourage students to practice.”

Maggie has not only learned the importance of arts in her own life, but she already knows the difference a music educator can make in the lives of students and has begun to put these traits into practice. 

“The first [trait] is patience. The second is time. One of the last traits of a successful music educator is love for the art,” Vetter says.  Music is a part of who I am, Vetter says, and she looks forward to the rest of her life as a music teacher. 

 

Ben ClemonsThe Fred J. Miller Family presented a $1,000 scholarship to Benjamin Clemons from Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois. 

Clemons grew up surrounded by music and music educators, as both of his parents are music educators. However, it wasn’t until high school that Clemons became inspired to become a music educator. In his scholarship essay, he wrote that being a section leader gave him insight into becoming a music teacher. He enjoyed teaching a group and pushing them to meet their goals. Clemons says he aspires to be a teacher who has a vast array of musical knowledge and technique, someone who is an effective communicator and, most importantly, a teacher with the ability to inspire his students to keep music in their lives.

“Ben has all the talents and qualities that you would expect to see in a fellow educator,” Mr. Mark Iwinski, Victor J. Andrew High School’s band director, says. “He will be a fine teacher and an excellent trumpet player because he recognizes high quality performances and is inspired by great musicians and educators.”

Devon GordonYamaha Corporation of America presented a $1,000 scholarship to Devon Gordon of Danville High School in Indiana. Gordon was nominated by Adrian Hartsough, Danville High School’s band director, due to his strong musicianship, leadership qualities and strong work ethic.

“Devon’s a gifted French horn player and percussionist and has the strongest musical ear I’ve encountered from a high school student,” Hartsough says.

Gordon leads by example while encouraging others and supporting his peers. Gordon’s first experience assisting his band director with the middle school band provided him with an opportunity that would set his sights on becoming a music educator one day.

“I will always remember the day of their band contest,” Gordon says. “I sat myself down at the side of the gym, fully confident they were going to make me proud no matter what award they took home – they took home a gold rating. I still remember that being one of the proudest moments of my life.”

For Gordon, a valuable lesson was learned and a music educator was born. 

“I realized that being a music educator is more than scores and successes,” Gordon says. “My dedication to these students has been my pride and joy, and I would love nothing more in the world than to be able to do this for the rest of my life.”

Congratulations to Fall Scholarship Recipients

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:18 Written by Kristin Conrad

GroupThe Music for All Foundation presented three scholarship awards at this year’s Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha. The MFA Marching Band Scholarships were established to honor graduating seniors who plan to major in music education in college. These one-time awards are made possible through generous gifts from the Yamaha Corporation of America, Fred J. Miller Family and Jolesch Photography.

You can also create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all by donating to the Music for All scholarship fund today. A gift to the scholarship fund provides lifelong impact and is a wonderful way to show support of music and arts education. Learn more about Music for All’s scholarships, or click here to donate to the scholarship fund. 

Semi-Finals are under way

Saturday, 12 November 2011 09:09 Written by Kristin Conrad

It's Saturday, the last day of the 2011 Grand National Championships, and Semi-Finals performances are already under way this morning. You can find the Semi-Finals Performance Schedule here.

Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists and all 92 amazing bands that participated in preliminary competition. We saw such amazing performances Thursday and Friday during prelims, and we were so impressed by the outstanding performances and the dedication exhibited by all the bands.

You’ve likely seen bands in performance on the field, but have you ever wondered about the behind-the-scenes happenings at Grand Nationals? Check out this video to learn more and take a behind-the-scenes tour. And, view additional videos on Music for All’s YouTube channel.

You can also see behind-the-scenes photos here, on the BOA Facebook page.

We hope you enjoy today’s Semi-Finals performances!

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